Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

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Anchor Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 620 pages
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National Bestseller 

In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.


An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed that the Presidency was not the exclusive province of the wealthy and the well-born but could truly be held by a man of the people. On a majestic, sweeping scale Brands re-creates Jackson's rise from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier lawyer, then on to his heroic victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and finally to the White House. Capturing Jackson's outsized life and deep impact on American history, Brands also explores his controversial actions, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful Trail of Tears. This is a thrilling portrait, in full, of the president who defined American democracy.

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Review: Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

User Review  - Ross Cohen - Goodreads

With thorough research enlivened by well-paced prose, HW Brands has crafted a fine biography of Andrew Jackson. Nevertheless, Jackson emerges from this biography as complex and controversial as ever ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alice Of Wonderland - Goodreads

Ahhh! Old Hickory! Despite my knowledge before reading this book, I found some events quite interesting and insightful. Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times is not usual cup of tea. I thought it would ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Lone Star Nation and The Age of Gold, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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